WASHINGTON — Following the recent failure of the 2013 farm
bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, there have been suggestions by
several congressmen who voted down the bill about splitting farm programs from
nutrition programs, creating two separate bills.
“Separating farm programs from nutrition programs and
proposing two bills would be a huge mistake,” said National Farmers Union
President Roger Johnson.
“The likely result would be to kill the bill. This will
allow Congress to continue to take no action to provide certainty to U.S. family
farmers, ranchers, rural residents and those who depend on the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program.”
“As the providers of the food, feed, fiber and fuel, we have
an obligation to educate the public on the importance of farmers and the support
we lend to SNAP and other programs,” Johnson said.
“Two bills would continue to perpetuate the public’s
misconception on where their food comes from and widen the gap between the
farmer and the consumer.”
“This would also be a disruption to the historic coalition
between urban, rural and conservation groups,” he added.
“The farm bill has historically been a bipartisan effort and
must remain a bipartisan effort. It is a shame that politics are getting in the
way of providing for so many people.”
“Separating farm and nutrition programs is simply a recipe
to kill the bill,” Johnson said.